March 8, 2014 Subject:
Value of "Complete History of Methodism" by John G. Jones
John Griffing Jones was an itinerant minister who was born in Jefferson Co., Miss. He lived, worked, wrote and traveled around "the Natchez country." (South eastern part of the state (Jefferson, Adams, Warren, Claiborne and maybe Lawrence Co.)
His pioneer parents arrived in the river valley before 1800 and they were Baptists, originating from South Carolina, and before that Virginia. At some time John G. Jones was converted to Methodism and became a Methodist Minister and a strong member of the Conference.
His writings and stories are very well respected by Methodist sources, as well as genealogists. My Great Aunt Floy, who was born in 1898 in Mississippi, knew all about this book.
In it, the author described many individuals, places and churches in this 500 plus volume. Like many church records it can be a storehouse of information.
This book is Vol. II of two volumes by the same name. (Vol. I is on line, in typed-abstract form. (I found Vol. I on line by "googling" the name.)
There is no index, however one can be found at Millsaps College Library, archives dept., on line. The book has a index for most all of the books of John G. Jones and it cost me $10.00 (2013.)
Martha A. McKay
(Compiler of "Autobiography & Stories of Henry P. Lewis, Itinerant Minister [of Southern Miss.])